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Novem Car Interior Design GmbH licenses TactoTek® technology, strengthening the German IMSE® ecosystem

Novem Car Interior Design GmbH licenses TactoTek® technology, strengthening the German IMSE® ecosystem
  • German supplier of trim parts for the premium automotive industry signs IMSE® (In-Mold Structural Electronics) License
  • License includes a comprehensive package of intellectual property and know-how for IMSE design, innovation, and simulation, enabling Novem to design innovative and smart 3D automotive interiors with seamless integration of light and function into real material surfaces
  • Licensing agreement seals the successful long-term partnership between Novem and TactoTek

Oulu, Finland/Vorbach, Germany 28 November 2022 – Finnish IMSE pioneer TactoTek and German trim part supplier Novem announced the signing of a license agreement. As a TactoTek licensee, Novem will be able to build innovative and smart 3D surfaces with enhanced functionality and inspire the automotive market with differentiated IMSE-based solutions.

Integrating functionality for outstanding customer experience

Markus Wittmann, Vice President of Program Management, R&D, and Design at Novem: "Novem places great value on developing high-end products with innovative technologies to deliver exceptional customer experiences. Using IMSE technology in the design of vehicle interiors allows us to integrate light and function into surfaces made of wood, fabrics, or high-quality plastics, making them interactive. We have a long-standing partnership with TactoTek, within which we have already worked together on various projects. The licensing agreement is a next step and strengthens our collaboration."

Expanding the German IMSE ecosystem

Sami Hyyrylainen, SVP Field Operations at TactoTek, says: “We have been cooperating with Novem successfully for several years, being delighted with their professionalism and high-quality deliverables. Expanding our cooperation strengthens our IMSE ecosystem with the inclusion of design and engineering partners, and mass production vendors for functional films, this licensing agreement with Novem expands and strengthens our IMSE ecosystem in Germany, and enables series development of IMSE applications into mass production with OEMs."

​​About Novem

Novem is a globally leading supplier of decorative interior trim parts for the premium automotive industry. Across the range of key materials such as genuine wood, aluminum, carbon, and premium synthetics, the Company offers unrivaled quality, technology, and innovation to a growing customer base, including all major premium carmakers worldwide.

About TactoTek

TactoTek is the leading provider of Injection Molded Structural Electronics (IMSE) solutions that integrate printed circuitry and electronic components into 3D injection molded smart surfaces. Leading IMSE use cases include human-machine interfaces (HMI), connectivity, and electronic styling features for automotive, smart homes, appliances, and other markets. IMSE outperforms conventional electronics manufacturing methods by reducing Greenhouse gas emissions significantly. Benefiting from simulated design processes and reduced material use, IMSE Designed smart surfaces are considerably lighter in mass, leading to substantial lifetime greenhouse gas reductions. TactoTek® develops and industrializes IMSE technology, creates mass production-ready IMSE® prototypes, and licenses IMSE technology for 3rd party IMSE part design and global mass production.


TactoTek is funded by international leaders in finance and industry committed to advancing technology solutions that benefit consumers and the environment. TactoTek investors include Conor Venture Partners, 3M Ventures, Repsol Energy Ventures, Faurecia Ventures, Voima Ventures, Tesi, Nidoco AB, and Cornes.

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